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Ways and Means Committee Approves Bill to Examine TANF

On May 25, the House Ways and Means Committee approved H.R. 5169, the What Works to Move Welfare Recipients into Jobs Act, sponsored by Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL).

Among other provisions, the legislation would examine the impact of the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program on “employment, self-sufficiency, child well-being, unmarried births, marriage, poverty, economic mobility,” and other factors. In addition, the bill would evaluate grants to improve child well-being, healthy marriage, and responsible fatherhood.

The bill also would establish a database of projects that used proven, promising, developmental, or effective approaches to move individuals from welfare into work.

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